When it comes to tax increases, Colorado residents are usually a tough sell. But when it comes to making drugs legal, they get a reputation for being pushovers. It all started, of course, when the Centennial State became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012.
Now, ten years later, Colorado voters have voted 1,053,531 to 489,740 to legalize medical psychedelics, a 51.56 percent approval to 48.44 percent against.
Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, often in the Psilocybe genus. Its uses are incorporated into spiritual rituals, recreation and medicine.
Psilocybin has hallucinogenic effects. It can be obtained from both fresh and dried mushrooms in varying concentrations. It can also be created in a laboratory. There is growing interest in using pure psilocybin for addiction, depression, and other mental and psychological disorders due to its potential to stimulate certain areas of the brain.
People use psilocybin for alcohol use disorders and other addictions, anxiety, depression, migraines, PSTD, and many other conditions, but there isn’t much scientific evidence to support its use.
And psilocybin is illegal under federal law in the US. It is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.
Colorado’s Proposition 122, a voting measure passed Nov. 8, became the second US state to break with the federal government by legalizing medical psychedelics. Natural Medicine Colorado, the pro-122 campaign, declared victory, which was acknowledged by Protect Colorado Kids, the opposition campaign.
The ballot measure makes psilocybin and psilocin legal, the two compounds found in “magic mushrooms.” Use is restricted to “healing centers” with so-called therapeutic centers under the supervision of certain licensed professionals.
Personal cultivation, use and distribution of the “magic mushroom” compounds are also permitted including ibogaine, mescaline and dimethylamine or DMT for adults is also permitted under 122.
Oregon became the first country to legalize “magic mushrooms” in 2020.
Colorado law requires the State Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to adopt eligibility criteria for psychedelic treatment centers, intermediaries, and support organizations no later than January 2024. Applications are expected by the end of 2024, and DORA may expand the list of psychedelics
Denver was the first city to legalize “magic mushrooms,” which has since ruled that no risk to public health or safety resulted from this action.
Searching for wild mushrooms is not without risk.
Magic mushrooms have some very toxic, potentially deadly doubles. So collectors need to know what species they are looking for and how to identify magic mushrooms in their area before venturing into the field.
Increased interest in and foraging for psilocybin-containing mushrooms may also negatively impact populations of some species.
Additionally, possession of psilocybin mushrooms remains illegal nationwide.
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